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Salmon Return to Hanford Reach in Record Numbers

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Scientists estimate 200,000 chinook are spawning in the Hanford Reach. Scientists estimate 200,000 chinook are spawning in the Hanford Reach.

SPOKANE, Wash. -The federal government says fall Chinook salmon are returning to the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River in record-setting numbers.
    
Scientists estimate 200,000 Chinook are spawning in the Hanford Reach, the most fish ever counted in this area since dams were constructed in the 1930s.
    
The Bonneville Power Administration says this year's fall Chinook run on the Columbia and Snake river systems is the second best since counting began in 1938. The BPA says about 1.2 million fish have returned to the rivers and their tributaries.

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